- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈfɔːhænd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈfɔɹhænd/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /bɪˈfo(ː)ɹhænd/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /bɪˈfoəhænd/
- Hyphenation: be‧fore‧hand
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beforehand (not comparable)
- At an earlier or preceding time.
- Will it be possible to have access to the room beforehand so that we can set up chairs?
- I love playing tennis but I always get so nervous beforehand.
- Weeks beforehand, I had bought the tickets for the concert.
at an earlier time
- (obsolete) In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
- (archaic, often followed by with) In a state of anticipation or preoccupation.
- 1670, John Milton, “(please specify the page)”, in The History of Britain, that Part Especially now Call’d England. […] , London: […] J[ohn] M[acock] for James Allestry, […] , OCLC 946735472:
- Agricola […] resolves to be beforehand with the danger.
- 1839, London Medical Gazette: Or, Journal of Practical Medicine
- […] the medical attendant ought to be rather beforehand with the symptoms of excitement, and to diminish the large quantity of wine before they appear.